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October 25, 2013 at 6:03 AM
The Associated Press
School officials at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle say a student returning from a three-day suspension assaulted the principal in the school cafeteria.
Parents learned of the Thursday morning attack in an automated call from school administrators. The call said staff quickly intervened, called 911 and the student was arrested.
The school said Principal Jill Hudson was not seriously hurt.
The call also said the student won’t be allowed to return.
July 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM
DECLO, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school for the 2013-2014 school year.
Cassia County school board member Steve Lynch tells The Times-News that Summer Larsen’s contract was renewed based on teacher evaluations performed by principal Rebecca Hunsaker, who recently retired.
“The evaluation recommended rehiring Larsen,” Lynch said. “The evaluation was done appropriately and professionally and supported that decision.”
The newspaper could not reach Hunsaker for comment.
Cindy Hurst said her 10-year-old son came home from school Nov. 5 with his entire face — including his eyelids — scribbled on with green, red and purple markers.
“He was humiliated, he hung his head and wanted to go wash his face,” Hurst said at the time. “He knows he’s a slow reader. Now he thinks he should be punished for it.”
The Cassia County School District filed a complaint against Larsen with the Department of Education’s Professional Standards Commission.
Superintendent Gaylen Smyer said the investigation is complete and Education Department spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said there is no formal discipline in Larsen’s file.
“I was told any PSC activity in this case would not preclude the school district from renewing Mrs. Larsen’s contract for the 2013-2014 school years,” Smyer wrote in an email to The Times-News.
An investigation found nine students who didn’t meet their reading goals were allowed to choose between staying in during recess or having their faces marked. Three chose to forgo recess, while six allowed the other students to draw on their faces.
Larsen, who has been with the district for six years, hasn’t commented on the issue. She does not have a listed phone number.
April 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM
MARYSVILLE (AP) — A Marysville teacher and an aide have been placed on paid leave while the district investigates a complaint they put a special education second-grader in a closet for a timeout.
The principal of Marshall Elementary told parents a substitute has taken over the class.
The parent who complained, Angi Wilson, told The Daily Herald the teacher had told her that her daughter was getting got of control and having tantrums.
August 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Weather: A bit chillier than it has been with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s this week. What’s up with that? It’s August for goodness sake. At least no rain is forecast for anytime soon. A bit cloudy this morning, but the sun could peek through this afternoon. Gee, thanks… The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: A water main has broken in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons in the area. The gushing water is partially closing 1st Avenue South, reducing it to one northbound lane between Holgate and Edgar Martinez Way, KING 5 reports. The closure could last 8 to 12 hours. See the traffic map and cams.
Applying for Zoo Doo starts tomorrow: Wednesday marks the start of application process for the yearly Fall Fecal Fest of composted animal, uh, poop at the Woodland Park Zoo. You can enter online for a chance to purchase Zoo Doo, according t0 one of our news partners PhinneyWood.com. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing. If you can’t enter online, you can also enter by sending in a postcard. Online and postcard submissions accepted Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2012, with pick up for winners September 22 – October 8, 2012.
The word’s “#Top this for our 50th” now adorn the roof of the Space Needle. We weren’t sure what that meant, but now the cat’s out of the bag. The Space Needle folks are offering a “Top Off Our 50th challenge by asking fans to provide design and color submissions for the roof of the landmark Seattle structure. The winner will see his or her design painted on the roof of the 605-foot-tall Needle as part of its 50th anniversary.
A Kent teacher died a month after being hit by car in her own driveway. KING5 has the story.
Here’s one way to get into an Applebee’s: A woman in her 70s trying to park her car outside an Applebee’s in Bellingham mistakenly hit the gas peddle and, you guessed it, smashed her small car into the restaurant’s front door. No one was hurt, except her car and the door.
Olympic gold medalist to return: Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, who won two gold medals at the London Olympics, is scheduld to return to Bremerton tomorrow with several appearances on the lineup. The Kitsap Sun has some details.
Cowen Park python: So what’s happened to the Burmese python that got loose in Seattle’s Cowen Park a while back? No sightings? No dogs or cats missing? By the way, has anyone found it a bit odd that a homeless person takes care of a 7-foot snake? We’re working on a follow-up.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
May 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM
The Associated Press
CHELAN – The Lake Chelan School District is giving a Chelan teacher a year’s salary to leave.
The teacher already has been on paid leave since March of 2011 when parents accused him of touching their son inappropriately. He was fired in October and appealed.
With the settlement he withdraws his appeal without admitting any wrongdoing.
The Wenatchee World reports he can continue to teach. He was not arrested. The Chelan County prosecutor’s office is still reviewing the case.
Superintendent Rob Manahan did not disclose the amount of the settlement but says it will save the district more than $100,000 in legal fees and paid leave.
May 2, 2012 at 6:45 AM
Weather: Did you notice it was starting to get light at 5 a.m. today? The chart says light rain for the next four days, but we don’t believe it. The sun is peeking out from the clouds, and we’re banking on that. Sunday looks great, as in sunny. We’re still seeing below-normal temperatures. We’re supposed to be in the low 60s by now. Go figure.
The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
May Day mayhem: We certainly hope it’s over. Thanks to Mother Nature and the rain last night.
Big fine for immigration violation: A Duvall herb farm charged with firing illegal immigrants then turning around and rehiring them has been hit with a $1 million fine in federal court.
Teaching assistant, sex, student: A teaching assistant, Cheri Powers, is charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy at Goldendale High School in Klickitat County.
Proposed tuition hikes at Wazzu: The board of regents at WSU meets Friday to consider raising tuition by 16 percent. That would mean $11,000 for in-state students and $24,000 for non-residents.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
December 30, 2011 at 6:59 AM
Weather: OK, it’s the end of December, so what can we expect. It’s either showers or rain, or the chance of either, right through the weekend and into the new year. Let’s grin and bear it. On the bright side, the temperatures have been in the high 40s, and we haven’t been scraping ice off our windows or slipping and sliding to work, right? The details.
Traffic: It’s the second day of tolling on the 520 bridge. Yesterday wasn’t too bad, although volumes increased on I-90 in the afternoon. We’ll have some stats from the state later today, we think. Are you tired of these stories yet? The map and cams.
Community college instructor to student: Taking off your clothes will improve your vocal range. That’s from a story in The News Tribune in Tacoma this morning about Tacoma Community College instructor Kevin Gausepohl, who is charged with seven counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Sex acts will help your singing, too, according to the charges.
What was the Alamo Bowl game score, a college basketball game? Doesn’t anyone play defense anymore?
Teacher slain: In the case of the Woodinville teacher from Seattle who died Christmas Day, her boyfriend is now charged with killing her. Beloved by students and colleagues, Prudence Hockley leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter, two adult children and no doubt people asking themselves how this could happen. And then there’s this, from our story today: She was struck with such force that the bones in her face and head were shattered.
Snowy owl: One of these white critters was caught on camera in Ballard the other day. The photo is on the website of our community partner, My Ballard.
KOMO TV meteorologist and blogger Scott Sistek comes up with the most interesting and sometimes curious weather stats. A recent one:
In 2011, Washington was coldest state in lower 48, relative to normal.”
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
December 14, 2011 at 8:43 AM
A cross country coach and teacher at Kent-Meridian High School, accused of offering a student $100 for sex and sending her a cellphone photo of his penis, has been charged in King County Superior Court.
Ernie Ammons, 36, of Black Diamond, has been charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The 16-year-old student told Kent police she and Ammons were Facebook friends who text-messaged each other daily. She said Ammons sent her photos of his penis and she sent him nude photos, according to the charges filed on Dec 11.
Ammons told the school principal that he began corresponding with the girl in August, when he accepted her Facebook friend request, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court. The two started text-messaging each other, and Ammons said the girl told him that she was broke and “asked him if she had sex with him how much he would pay her,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Chuck Sergis wrote in charges.
Ammons told the girl he would pay her $100 and suggested a few places to meet up for sex, charges said. Ammons told the principal that he never planned to have sex with the girl, Sergis wrote in charges.
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